Hello and Welcome to my blog. I am glad that you are here.

I am a mom who has experienced Postpartum Depression/Postpartum Mood Disorder (PMD). I am now a Postpartum Depression Awareness & Support Activist.

I entitled my blog "It Takes A Village" in reference to the African proverb that is so commonly known. I feel very strongly that we as a society have set very high standards and expectations of new mothers to take care of their children on their own, without support or help after the first week or so.

I think we have it backwards: New Mom's need respite and support whether they are well or not. We need support and encouragement, and someone to relieve us so that we can get some sleep and time to rejuvienate.

My aim with this blog is to bring awareness to the world, and support to other Moms (and possibly Dads) that are going through this experience. I am passionate about reducing stigma as it creates the barrier that keeps women silent and suffering. I want Moms to feel safe enough to share their story and get the support and help they need to get better.

I encourage you, if you believe you may be experiencing more than the "baby blues" to seek out help. You will not be judged or criticized. The goal of all list here on this blog are to support you and help you heal so that you may live the life you dreamed of with your child.

This blog is a work in progress, please check in often to see more updates and new information!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Reflection on Nurturing Oneself

I am finding that it takes a lot of time to be a woman, to have a feeling of space, and breath;  a chance to sink into myself.
As long as I take time every morning to light a candle to my life---it remains my life.
But, if I hurry into the day without that small moment of quiet, 
then I have already lost myself, and the day.

The task for me is to care daily for myself and my life, to love and to nurture 
within myself, moment by moment,
the quality of quiet presence--quietly being present to my life--which sanctifies it
---to live as if the candle is lighted.

(Author Unknown by me- I came across this writing in one of my mother's old book boxes- typed onto a piece of paper)

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